January 21, 2014 Subject:
What a great trip from Yosemite it was to beautiful Eugene. Great scene. I remember a very intense pair of twins, if I remember correctly, jamming among the campers. They called themselves "Double Dose." They jammed hard.
It was dumb that I saved my money and didn't check in the other two nights, but this night was very good, especially the 2nd set and 1st set's Bird Song.
You may want to patch Touch with an audience source as there are several points with static near the beginning (noting missing, but the static is awful). Thankfully, Wharf Rat and Good Lovin' are already patched
After the shows, I was glad to be in Roseburg, OR, for a while--David Grisman quarted jammed at the part there for free one day, and it was excellent!
April 6, 2012 Subject:
I really feel bad for Vince Welnick. Kicked out of the Dead and not invited to play with the Other Ones (a band billed as "the surviving members of the Grateful Dead"), Vince is often made fun of as the keyboard player nobody likes. Some believe that his rejection by Deadheads and the band were big factors in his suicide. He must have felt bad when Horsby would sit in at shows and the crowd would go wild. People would rave about how Bruce gelled with Garcia and the guys just loved him. If it's any consolation Vince, I saw Hornsby open for Ratdog in 2006 and he sucked! People were screaming for Ratdog and it was a C- performance. I hate his solo stuff! He did kick your ass with the Dead though. Sorry man...you just didn't have what it took most nights. That is not true for this show!This is one of the very majestic nights the band played in the mid 90's. A truly inspired Bird Song, a Scarlet/Fire to remember with killer interplay, and one of the best Playing>Uncle John's Band>Other Ones you will find from the 90's. You had your moments Vince, but over all...sorry man you just didn't have the chops like Keith or Brent. The legend of Vince Welnick will find a spot in Grateful Dead history just above the black chicks who sung back up for the Jerry Garcia Band! Hahahaha sorry again dude!
Hey, don't be hatin' on Jackie and Gloria-
they were/are phenomenal, and were an integral part of the JGB at that time. They also enjoyed the scene very much,as I remember from being at the stage for countless Warfield Jerry shows...
February 3, 2009 Subject:
" He's come to take his children home"
This was the year I finally made the trip, finally after 14 years,to experience the Dead, California & the Great Northwest together. This tour was a perfect compliment to the spring tour and it was one of my most memorable touring adventure ever. Eugene was hollow ground for the Dead and the entire extended family and these three shows featured the best of that spirit with great music and full out hippie zaniness,camping & vending was allowed on site too.This was a day show and the sun was out and it was glorious,maybe even hot for Orgeon. Beautiful hippie women in their straw sun hats and flowing summer dresses, flying marshmellows, a first for me, melting quickly after contact creating stands of sticky goo along with the occasional flying tortillia. The vibe was quite festive but mellow.The band opened up with a solid Touch that was very well received. Walkin had us all feeling around for our shoes. A nice early surprise with a joyous BEW that really set the groove. What a treat to hear El Paso in Oregon, you just had to think about Venata as I am sure many did. Actually the last one they played one here was 10/2/77 indoors, so it was a special moment. Shoe fits was good and then a deep and spacey Bird Song, that may have been one of the best in years. It is soaring with great vocals from Jerry and we all knew we were clearly there.We were about 30 ft on the floor on Phil's side, so were were staying put for a highly antiscipated second set,
Set II starts off with a slower paced but heartfelt Scarlet, folks were shooting off silly string in the front of the stage it was hilarious, which confidently expands into one of the longer tranistions with Jerry exploring and delving deeper before arriving at the mounatin. Phil, Bob and Jerry really play it out and the end jam is the one of the highlights. Samson just rocked the stadium and is a classic ripping version. WTGH is played with passion and the band continues to get stronger. After almost 45 mintues they pull out Playing, which is a suprise, a nice short textural jam sets up for one of the best UJB you will hear. Amazing spot on vocals with clarity and joy, it is right on. Jerry's solos again are outstanding. No long jam afterward, but hey we are already an hour plus into the set. Billy and Mickey continue to up the ante and we plunge even deeper into space, they really shine on this night. Bob Bravole does some cool soundscapes at the end. Space is good but nothing totally outragious, more like pyschedelic pinball which is fun to listen to. It gradually intensify into an enormous Other One, the transition and the intro by Phil and the band is ripping. They develop and explore this full out for five minutes, before Bob evens sings the first verse, one of the best and longest of the 90's by far! Easily a perfect moment, I would also suggest listening to the Cal Expo version too. A wonderful tranistion into a perfect reading of Whart Rat, Jerry is incredible and Vince really display his prominence with sweet harmonies and great playing. There is an audience patch during the last jam, I hope the master is perfect in the vault, and except for some static in Touch this board is perfect. Good Lovin is icing on the cake, a joyous reading from Bob that is straight head with no silly rant on this one.We were all in nirvana. You get two minutes of cheering, which is wonderful, and then another gem. An epic and perfect reading of Knockin'. Beautiful vocals and harmonies adore this version and Jerry solo's are emotionally powerful and exquisite. One of the best encores I had ever witnessed. As the sun was setting that night,the band simply just blew us away. The Shakedown scene after the show, with the golden light of dusk reflecting on all our smiling faces, was beautiful and fun. I have to mention the food vendors. There were some of the best I had ever seen on Shakedown and those salmon burgers, I had them on all three nights, were incredible! I ate two or three after this show, no grilled cheese this night.We went to Cougar hot springs the next day and then onto Sequoia before going to Vegas, oh what a life we had back then.